Metadata-based project management system. A case study at M-Files Corporation
Adomnita, Iulia (2014)
MDP in Software Development
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Project management is nowadays the leading activity in any organization, regardless of organization size and business area, among other factors. One of the prerequisites for an effective project management has recently become the use of advanced project management systems and tools based on new information technologies and approaches. However, there are still few project management systems which address most of the needs of an organization. Metadata is used in various knowledge areas, although its value and importance is still underrated. A small number of software products are taking advantage of its abilities and none were found in project management domain. However, a case study at M-Files Corporation has shown that the metadata-driven architecture used for enterprise content management also allows managing various types of project management related entities. The purpose of the thesis was to develop and investigate a new metadata-based project management solution based on M-Files technologies. By the end of the implementation phase, the new solution was consisting of a metadata structure suitable for project management, automation functionality to facilitate the routines of the project manager, and analytical features to avoid the manual work required to analyse the different aspects of project management and implementation. Considering that at the time of writing the thesis, the new project management system was in deployment for only two months, some interesting results were still discovered. For instance, some organizations reported that they achieved a better performance by cutting down certain time-consuming, yet obvious activities, which was possible due to the metadata advantages. More than that, they are expecting an even more increased efficiency by using the analytical features of the new project management system.
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